Sunday, March 30, 2008

Big Dog Beta makes me happy

This is my first post ever, anywhere!

I stumbled upon an essay by David Hockney in The Guardian that I wanted to share... It's kind of all over the place (it goes off on at least one tangent I think) and I don't know enough about medieval European history to judge whether his analysis is accurate. (Many Guardian readers disagree with him, apparently.) But I think the following is paragraph pretty great food for thought. Reading it helped me realize how happy I am to be living in era when people are making video clips of Big Dog Beta and I'm able to watch them.

The church had social control. Whoever controlled the images had power. And they still do. Social control followed the lens and mirror for most of the 20th century. What's now known as the media exert social control, not the church, but we are moving into a new era, because the making and distribution of images is changing. Anyone can make and distribute images on a mobile phone. The equipment is everywhere.

Check out the full article:

Saturday, March 29, 2008


I didn't post this earlier, not because I'm lazy, but because you probably already know about Earth Hour and are turning off your lights, teevees, computers, video cameras, robots, etc in two hours, right? For an hour? Right.  Actually, it's because I'm lazy. But I hope you're doing it anyway. Why? BECAUSE WE LIVE ON A FRIGGIN ISLAND 99% DEPENDENT ON OIL FOR FOOD AND ELECTRICITY, THAT'S WHY. 

Update: Well Hawaii sucks. I suck. I didn't get to turn off our lights for a full hour but I blame Vman for a surprise visit with his new girlfriend. The skyline sure didn't look any darker from here, but my parents said that Hawaii Kai looked just a little bit dimmer.

Here's some good pics! Note how much clearer the skyline is. Lots of great shots here as well.


Friday, March 28, 2008


MP3's now available for download on Super Deluxe-FINALLY!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Sunday, March 23, 2008

How much do I love the Jabbawockeez?

A friggin' lot...
For those who are just beginning to love them, shit starts getting crazy around 4:04 with their MJ tribute.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Monday, March 17, 2008


Well if not people, then spastic horse creature-things. This is really going to piss off GP at about 0:35 with his dysfunctionally wired empathy circuit, but I think it's worth the humiliation to prove what robots can do these days (make sure you at least watch the bit at 1:25! Slick!). I've seen videos from these Boston Dynamics guys before, and at this rate of progress I'm expecting full on helper monkey bots (Helbots?) within a years time. Should we throw caution to the wind and ignore all those apocalyptic scifi stories of robot revolutions against their creators? Of course we should!

Actually, how many are there? Off the top of my head: BSG, Dune (the early years), Terminator, Matrix, 2001 (not really robots, I guess)... I, Robot the movie doesn't count because it's piss, and the book is nothing like that.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Chicks dig robots!

Just ask This guy!
OMGZMZ!! More Proof!
Robots r teh Studzorz!
despite all the love from the honeyz, somehow I think the true condition of our robot friend remains an enigma

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Ken Dahl

Found that Asteroids comic, along with a good chunk of Rob's other comics. I hadn't seen that much of it before. He's really good!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Balloon invasion, gamma bros

Damn, damn, damn. So while festering in my hatred towards Demon and his high scores on DTD I was perusing Kongregate and found this, and this, which have successfully ruined my sleep for the past few nights. That second one is especially interesting considering our recent conversation about old gen video games. They did a pretty good job incorporating a whole lot of what was good in the space genre, and actually kept it relatively simple at the same time. It'd be better with some Tettix, though.

Looks like I'm going to hell! Again!

We've got New Deadly Sins, people!

1. Genetic Modification
2. Experimenting on Humans
3. Polluting the Environment
4. Causing Social Injustice
5. Causing Poverty
6. Becoming Obscenely Wealthy
7. Taking Drugs

I just love these guys. Evidently the whole foundation of modern medicine is now a deadly sin! Namely those unethical double-blind clinical trials which, of course, require experimenting on hapless humans. But of course life was much better before with plagues, no antibiotics, no anesthesia for surgeries, etc... Thankfully animal experimentation still gets the thumbs-up from God, but then you get those pesky ASPCA guys on your back. You just can't win! 

And genetic modification–I guess that means that all those farmers since the advent of modern agriculture went straight to hell? I mean, corn  is a 100% genetically engineered plant that didn't exist in nature until we created it by selecting for specific phenotypic traits, so surely that must count. Oh! And not to mention all that genetic selection we did to make poodles and rottweilers and great danes and stuff. Damn. No wonder western society is all fucked up.

Predator rap

Monday, March 10, 2008

The World is Watching

That reminds me--All of you contributors with a gmail address; send it to me, through the "email backchannel". I set this site up for Google Analytics, and I'll add you to the account so you can see where the traffic spikes happen. That's right, traffic spikes.

Live for the Swarm

The VO reminds me a little of some of Obama's more inspiring stump speeches, earlier in the campaign.

Monday, March 3, 2008


A few days back Pone introduced the site to the blog, much to the delight and consternation of the uninitiated audience. To my surprise upon reading, a mere few posts down was a play-by-play walkthru of one of my favorite games of yestercentury;
Ultima 3, aka: Ultima Exodus.
anyway, I was thrilled to see someone else had an interest in this game (I have the soundtrack on my iPod btw if anyone is interested.) until I looked at the homepage of said interested party.
I then became very aware of my self and surroundings, and went outside for some sunlight.
by the way, these instructional and review videos are amazing and the narration is hypnotic. Enjoy.